Feeling Stressed – Why Not Treat Yourself Or Family And Friends To Reflexology?

Life in today’s modern world is hectic, and many people struggle with balancing work, families, children and relationships. In doing so, people find that they have very little or no time for themselves. If a list of priorities is created, most people don’t even include themselves on the list, and yet being a parent, pursuing a career and keeping partners happy all feature prominently. It’s accepted that stress and pressure are all part of life’s rich tapestry; things that have to be coped with, just like everything else. However, by neglecting themselves, and not recharging their batteries, life for many people becomes a perpetual struggle, with reduced energy levels and there is the genuine threat of burn out, exhaustion and illness.

Signs That You Are Neglecting Yourself

Do you ever find yourself saying?

  • I just wish I had more time for myself
  • I really don’t have time for that
  • I wish there were more hours in the day
  • I would love to have time to relax
  • I’m just so busy, I can’t fit anything else in

However, life doesn’t have to be like this! It ‘s all about giving yourself ‘me’ time, which will allow you to unwind, rejuvenate and de-stress. And as a consequence, you’ll actually start to feel a lot happier and healthier.

Creating ‘Me’ Time

It is so important to take time out for you and not to think that at some point this special time will magically appear, as it most certainly won’t. The only way to have time for yourself is to think of it as an appointment, something that you have to go to and do and something that you should do every day. There are lots of things that will just take up short periods of time and can be done from home or work including going for a walk, chatting to a friend on the telephone, or even just listening to music or reading a book.

Indulge And Try Something New

However, you could really try to be a little more adventurous and take time out for you, by indulging yourself. Have that facial that you have been promising yourself, or perhaps a manicure or pedicure. Think about complementary therapies, such as aromatherapy, massage, yoga and Reiki and reflexology.

Reflexology – The Stress – Buster

Reflexology is an alternative treatment, which has actually been around for thousands of years and has been shown to have very positive results.

  • Boosts energy levels
  • Improves circulation
  • Helps in relaxation
  • Eliminates toxins
  • Gives relief from stress and anxiety
  • Speeds up the healing process
  • Reduces the severity of headaches and migraines

Why not try reflexology without the commitment to a longer treatment plan?

Conclusion

Don’t have any feelings of guilt about taking time out for you, as it will have a massive effect on your life. Your family and friends will start to notice that you are calmer, happier and healthier with a lot more energy.

What To Do Next

Jane Long from Calm Therapy has been practising reflexology since 2003 and works from her studio in Eastbourne in East Sussex. If you would like to try this relaxing therapy or would like more information, call Jane on 07734 695964 for a without obligation chat.

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Reflexology During Pregnancy – A Therapist’s View

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2 Babies – 2 Very Different Scenarios

Jane Long has been practising reflexology since 2003 and now has her own successful business, Calm Therapy in Eastbourne, East Sussex. This wonderful seaside town is where Jane grew up although she did spend 23 years in London prior to returning in 2014. She has 2 children, Dylan 12 and Mia who is 10 and home is shared with 2 gorgeous female guinea pigs, Lemon and Peanut. In London she worked in retail before moving into the music industry. At one point she was working, training to be a reflexologist as well as trying for a baby. This was certainly a stressful time and she found that reflexology was a treatment that helped her relax and unwind. She didn’t see the music business as a long-term career and made the decision that she wanted her own reflexology business and you could say, the rest is history!

Writing and Blogging was delighted to be invited to interview “the boss” to find out more about the differences between her two pregnancies and the impact that reflexology had.

During your first pregnancy, you had reflexology – can you tell us more?

Basically, I had reflexology throughout my first pregnancy, which I found very supportive and calming. Initially the sessions were every 2 weeks and then weekly, the closer it came to my due date. However I did experience a lot of discomfort, as I had a big baby weighing in at 9½ pounds. I also had morning sickness and found that the reflexology had a really calming effect; it did seem to sedate those hormone surges, which made me nauseous. Towards the end of the pregnancy, my hips ached a lot due to the pressure of the big baby I was carrying, but again the aches subsided after a reflexology treatment. Dylan arrived bang on his due date without any “priming for labour” techniques.

However, you chose not to have reflexology during your second pregnancy. Was there any particular reason for that?

It was really due to a lack of support. I fell pregnant forthe second time really quickly and with the problems I had had conceiving Dylan, I wasn’t expecting that. I was now pregnant again, was working and also had a 1 year old with little help with childcare. There really was little time for me!

So, no reflexology, what was the outcome?

Consequently, without the reflexology, I had a very uncomfortable, unsettled time throughout my whole pregnancy. My sickness continued for 5 months, which was extremely exhausting.The pregnancy was also very uncomfortable. My baby wriggled endlessly and the pressure on my digestive system and lower regions made me very miserable.

You were told to expect a big baby?

Towards the end of my second pregnancy, I was told by the midwives to expect a big baby as they thought that my baby was 7½ pounds at 36 weeks. This filled me with dread and bought back memories of the birth of my first child. As I said, Dylan was 9½ pounds and he arrived on his due date and I listened with a sense of dread as the midwives suggested that I would have a 10lb baby!

What did you do?

Due to my discomfort and desire not to deliver a huge baby, I decided that after I passed 37 weeks, I would apply the “Priming for labour” techniques to myself seeing as I am trained in Maternity Reflexology. So I sat on the couch and on and off over two or three days I worked specific reflex points and sure enough I went into labour at 37 weeks and 5 days.

How did this make you feel?

After delivering Mia I was overjoyed and relieved not to be pregnant any more. This was only because I had been so uncomfortable throughout my pregnancy.

Were there any negatives?

The real negative was that my baby did not look very happy at all when she arrived. She looked very red for the first few days and slept nearly all the time for the first couple of weeks after birth. Also for the first year of her life she never ever smiled! I can really describe her as a “grumpy” baby. Looking back on this experience, I may have been more than ready to deliver my baby, but my baby wasn’t ready to come into the world, even though she was very big in size.

With hindsight, what would you have done differently?

Yes, hindsight is a wonderful thing! What I should have done is have regular reflexology sessions throughout my second pregnancy to support and relax me and to keep me calm through my various uncomfortable times. Consequently, I may have been more comfortable towards the end of the pregnancy and been able to wait a little longer before feeling the need to deliver. I also think I would have had a clearer mind and have been able to make better decisions.

Why do you think it’s important to tell your story?

I do tell my personal story to my clients who are pregnant, as I hope it will make them think twice about what they are asking for. I try to make them aware that even though reflexology can be a powerful treatment during pregnancy, it is always best to wait for the right time for your baby to arrive. Even if it seems the right time for mum, baby may not be ready and sometimes, as long as your care team are happy, it may be the right thing to let your pregnancy go over 40 weeks.

Also I can vouch from personal experience the supportive benefits you gain from receiving reflexology throughout pregnancy. My 2 pregnancies really highlight this. If you are suffering with nausea, backache or SPD like I was, weekly treatments will support you until you feel better and more balanced. If you are having a glowing pregnancy, it’s not necessaryto come every week, but just as and when it fits into your life style. I would recommend 4 – 6 weekly sessions as you approach your due date. This is a wonderful way to bond with your baby and prepare you for birth.

Thank you Jane for the interview.

What To Do Next

If you would like to learn more about how reflexology can help you through your pregnancy, call Calm Therapy on 07734 695964. Jane is a fully qualified therapist, experienced at helping expectant mums with this safe treatment.You may want to read our interviews with 2 expectant mums Emily and Sarah, who Calm Therapy helped through their pregnancies.
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How Reflexology Helps People Experiencing Stress and Anxiety

I am treating more and more clients for stress and anxiety in my Reflexology clinic.

Many have been signed off work to try and recover.  Some are on medication and others are not.  Some have emotionally “cut them selves off”. They cannot say how they feel.  The best way some of my clients can describe how they feel is “vacant”, “empty” or “numb”.

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So what happens when you book into visit to Calm Therapy Reflexology? 

Firstly, I talk with my clients and ask a few general health questions.  By listening to them I can get a better understanding of where their energy is blocked or stagnated and needs releasing.  The body is reflected on a Reflexology map and is based on the foot along 10 longitudinal lines. So I can then give a treatment specific to their needs.

When the Reflexology session begins, I make sure they are comfortably lying on their back on the treatment couch.  If someone is highly stressed, I can encourage them to be more aware of their breathing.  I then start the Reflexology with ALOT of relaxation techniques and then continue to give an hour long session.  During this hour, all my client can do is lie there and receive the treatment.  This is a massive part of the therapy.  People who are highly stressed are not used to giving themselves time out and receiving.  They are usually the ones giving away all their reserves and energy, whether it be at work or home life.  They may even have experienced a recent trauma.   Reflexology releases a lot of stress and tension during the session and I notice a real positive difference in my clients demeanour as they come to the end of their hour.

This is a brilliant summary by Lynn Booth, the creator of Vertical Reflex Therapy.

“Reflexologists are trained to help balance the mind and body and to maintain this state of homeostasis the body needs to run smoothly. When there is a malfunction in the body it is thrown off balance. Reflexology helps to sustain a natural equilibrium in every gland, organ, muscle, tissue and cell in the body through stimulation of pressure points, called reflexes on the hands and feet.”

People who live with stress and anxiety experience a lot of tension in the upper part of their body, head, neck shoulders and digestive areas.  So this is why Reflexology is so good for this condition.  Treating the feet is encouraging their energy to flow more freely all around their body.  Touching the feet helps them to feel grounded.  I have previously posted links to my Calm Therapy Eastbourne Facebook page about the importance of Grounding, walking bare foot and getting in touch with nature.  Getting out in the country and trips to the coast will definitely help those with stress and anxiety.

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It will take more than one Reflexology session to feel that sense of balance and wellbeing, but thats what its all about.  These symptoms relating to stress and anxiety are there to slow you down.  It’s your body telling you that it’s time for a change or to start doing things in a different way. It’s time to look at yourself and invest in yourself.  And what better way to do that then to book yourself in for some Calm Therapy Reflexology.

Jane Long MAR has 15 years experience as a Reflexologist.  She also practises Facial Reflexology and Reiki in Old Town, Eastbourne.  For more information and to get in touch with Jane please phone 07734 695 964, email jane@calmtherapy.co.uk or visit www.calmtherapy.co.uk

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